The Casa Verde Aesthetic
I love the above quote from William Morris because it places value on having something in your home simply because you think it beautiful. I started daydreaming about Casa Verde when I was searching for unique home goods that would fit into my vintage Midwest bungalow and kid-friendly lifestyle. A lot of the inspiration I found was centered around people living in locations with warm weather year round or no pets or kids to worry about. I started collecting visual references and pieces that reflected my aesthetic and style – objects and rooms I was drawn to because there beauty would make my life richer. These are the three basic tenets of that aesthetic:
1. Neutral Backdrop + Colorful Accessories
I start with a neutral wall color and furniture and then layer with items that are visually interesting and change with the Midwest seasons. These items might include vintage kilims, woven throw pillows, indoor plants in patterned pots and framed folk art. Even neutrals can be intermixed.
2. Utilize Foundational Pieces That Are People & Pet Friendly
I like to center a room around pieces that are meant to be used and get better with age. For me, it is difficult to feel comfortable in a home that is filled with objects I am afraid of breaking or fabrics I am afraid of spilling on. I have two young sons and a big yellow lab, and I don't want to spend my life keeping them off the furniture. The major furniture pieces in my house are made from reclaimed wood, metal or washable fabrics that are easily cleaned. They are not too precious and add to the warm, cozy feel I enjoy in my home.
3. Put Your Life on Display
Surround yourself with objects that tell your story. Travel is a big part of my family's life and I love looking around my home and seeing a folk painting from Honduras or a basket of beach glass from our annual Michigan vacation. I also like putting my children's artwork on prominent display along with old family photos. According to psychologists people derive more happiness from experiences that from things, so I like for the things that surround me in my daily life to remind me of those experiences that have brought me such joy.
These ideas inspire the evolution of my home aesthetic. I plan to post more photos of my own home as I continue to create an environment that feels like home to me (and I learn how to take decent photos in a bungalow with less than optimal natural light). How do you express yourself in your home and where do you find inspiration?